On Valentine’s Day, Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Hall will be transformed into a romantic ballroom, with a special evening of tango, the dance of love and passion. Presented by Metro Art, the evening will feature a free tango lesson, a milonga (tango social dancing), accompanied by a live orchestra Tangótico, led by composer, arranger and producer Matias Piegari and a stirring dance performance by top tango performers Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes.
Carlos and Mayte, who in 2007 were cast in the critically acclaimed show Forever Tango, have performed in renowned international tango houses including El Viejo Almacen, El Cafe Tortonni, and Chiquin. In addition, the talented pair has danced for audiences across the globe, including at the New York City Center, Vail International Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Israel Dance Festival.
Born in Argentina, Matias Piegari began his career as a musical director, arranger and pianist. He attended UCLA’s program in film scoring and is now composing, arranging and producing music in Los Angeles. Matias has performed with many ensembles and orchestras and has done solo concerts, recitals and tango shows throughout the world, including the United States, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Puerto Rico.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with the dance lesson at 8 p.m. and the Milonga at 8:30. The live orchestra will begin at 9 p.m. and continue until 10:30 p.m.
Metro Art Presents showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. Produced by Metro Art, the diverse, all-ages programming creatively activates the landmark station, engages the Los Angeles community, and attracts new riders.
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Credit: L.A. Union Station.